For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12


"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 March For Life in Washington DC....Cold and Wet, But Determined!

In spite of the rain, in spite of the cold, the turnout for the 39th Annual March For Life looked as strong as last year.  People came from all over the country to celebrate life and to protest once again the unfortunate decision by the Supreme Court in the case of Roe Vs. Wade, legalizing abortion-on-demand.

I expected a lower turnout this year because of the rain, and also because most major cities are doing their own marching or walking (out west).  The fact that the crowd is every bit as large as before in DC tells me the pro-life movement is GROWING.

But because of the rain there were fewer banners and signs, and therefore fewer pictures for me to take.  Also, my camera is not waterproof!  But I met some fantastic people, including a barefoot Franciscan and four girls pictured below with interesting, Whoville hairdo's.

The marchers holding the banner this year are from Front Royal, VA, more specifically Christendom College  (See their video below).  They marched boldly, chanted loudly and did a wonderful job.  It's unfortunate, though,  that the police, in their effort to clear the streets of people so the marchers could pass through, waved a large portion of the crowd forward rather than sideways causing them to march ahead of the banner again this year.  Next year this will have to be stopped.

The resistance to the March was futile as usual, with only 25-30 so-called "pro-choice" people waiting for us at the Supreme Court building, taunting us with chants and occasional obscene gestures (typical liberal petulance).  Our numbers were in the low hundreds of thousands, perhaps 250,000 by my estimates.  The vast throng of humanity seemed to go on forever....

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Also, check out these posts from The Crescat, Mommy Life, Catholic Beat on Facebook, and Nice Deb who were also there.

Just in:  excellent Picasa photo collections (some of the best I've seen yet) from Niall O'Donnell and Tom McFadden.   You did great work on your video, too.  See bottom.

ALSO... Sister Lisa Marie at Nunspeak has a nice photo collection of the Walk For Life that occurred in San Francisco on Saturday.

Kids from Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD.  What great smiles!

"A person is a person, no matter how small!"

Baby feet hats.



Tough looking brothers


All for the Immaculate!

Fox News was there covering








Cold and wet, but spirits high

Not easy climbing Capital Hill while holding a banner in the rain

He's an annual fixture and great motivator


Kids from St. John Cantius in Chicago, always enthusiastic!

Takes guts to admit this.  These ladies got lots of hugs along the way.



Vulgar, obscene, loud-mouthed, pro-abortion occupiers.

40 degree weather and he's in bare feet!  One of Bishop Rhoades's radical Franciscans



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous photos!!! I love the girls with the Whoville hair and the barefoot monk.

Gail Finke said...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Catholic-Beat/338606022821753

Matt@StBlogustine said...

Gail, thanks for the link! Those are always appreciated.

And that's one more reason I love Mary DeTurris Poust!

http://www.osvdailytake.com/2012/01/march-for-life-photos-you-probably.html

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Anonymous said...

That's not "RHC" but AHC, as in The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD.

My wife used to teach there. I was wearing her old purple hat yesterday myself, in fact. :)

Matt said...

Thanks for the correction. I'll fix it.

Faith on the High Wire said...

Wonderful pictures. The kids in the yellow hats are members of the Youth Group from St. Veronica Parish in Chantilly, Virginia.

brice griffin said...

Hey that's my friend Andrea on the left and me on the right in the Silent No More photo. The hugs were much appreciated by both of us--it was an emotional day to say the least! Thanks for the article, it's nice to know that SOMEONE covered the March. :-)

Faith on the High Wire said...

Don't know why my link didn't show, so I'll put it here in a comment. http://faithonthehighwire.blogspot.com/2012/01/st-blogustine-2012-march-for-life-in.html

God bless! Kathy

A Nobody who wants this world as it is in Heaven said...

DO THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN....

IT IS MAGNIFICENT.

THIS IS THE REAL US OF A TALKING THE TALK AND WALKING THE WALK!!!

GET THE MESSAGE TO OBAMA AND HIS ILK.... NEVER THINK YOU ARE GOING TO LET HIM WIN WITHOUT A VERY VERY BIG FIGHT....USING LOVE AND PRAYER IN UNITY WITH ALL FELLOW HEARTS.

YOU ARE GONE OBAMA...GONE...GONE...GONE. YOUR LEGACY WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR NOTHING MORE THAN DIVISION, DEATH AND DECEPTION...AN UGLY BLOT IN US HISTORY TO SAY THE LEAST!!!

YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! when is the next march!!! GOD BLESS THE USA

SO PLEASE, PLEASE DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

TO ALL THE PROMOTERS FOR A CULTURE OF DEATH.... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

BRING IT ON YOU LOVERS OF LIFE AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT....ENOUGH IS ENOUGH FROM THOSE SELFISH HEARTLESS HUMANISTS.

Matt said...

Faith, I went ahead and included your link toward the end of the text of the post. Sometimes Blogger.com is slow in including links.

The Crescat said...

Thank you so much for the link. Fantastic pictures~

Lisa, sfo said...

LOVE the your pics and writeup! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Just one correction: You mention "a barefoot, Franciscan monk", which isn't correct. Franciscan male religious are not monks, but friars. There's no such thing as a Franciscan monk. (The Franciscan Order is mendicant, not monastic.)

Matt@StBlogustine said...

Lisa, thanks for the heads-up.

I'm learning a lot today.

Alan said...

Thank you for these extraordinary photographs.

@Brice Griffin: Thank you for your courage and your example. I will pray for you and your friend Andrea. I will never forget that photo. I shall imitate your example of courage and go to the next 40 Days for Life. May Jesus shower both of you with His abundant mercy and many graces.

Faith on the High Wire said...

Thanks, Matt. I have a couple of posts about prior to and about the March. I hope they are interesting to your readers.

Blessings, Kathy

Tom McFadden said...

Christendom College, is in Front Royal, VA. Thanks for the photos. Here are some more:

https://picasaweb.google.com/christendomcollege/MarchForLife2012PicsByNiallODonnell#

https://picasaweb.google.com/christendomcollege/MarchForLife2012PicsByTomMcFadden#

And a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xJgFyXtW00

Tom McFadden

Matt said...

Thanks, Tom.

I saw Front Royal AND Alexandria on the college banner and heard someone else say they were from Alexandria so I picked the latter.

Thanks for the links.

Adrienne said...

Thanks, Matt. The pics are wonderful. I'll be linking in about an hour. That cute little Catholic Bubble directing me over here - and we thank her.

Beauty Blondie said...

Thanks for sharing! I love seeing all of the youth get together and fight for what is right!

Stacy Trasancos said...

Awesome, followed Leila's link. You are a talented photographer! Thank you.

Godwin Delali Adadzie said...

Fantastic photos and thanks to all the participants in this year March for life. God bless America. God bless the whole world. Amen.

ProlifeCatholic said...

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